July 13, 2021 Subject:
You know, the GD absolutely refused to take the stage until they were paid, free concert or not. Pete Townshend's famous anti-Woodstock rant also may not be the pot of gold people were looking for at the end of that rainbow, but, again, he wasn't wrong. Sometimes taking that close a look may reflect something we don't necessarily want to see.
ANYWAYS, yeah, Woodstock.....there's so much better music from these few days to listen to if you want to relive the mud and brown acid-rain-helicopter madness - I'm listening to Creedence's ragged, thunderous show and I tell you, they got it together so much more than the Dead's hapless effort here. Or try Ravi Shankar's exquisite-sounding official release. Or put on the movie and watch Joe Cocker shamelessly air-guitar it in front of half a million, or everyone standing up in church-like unison during the toothless, sandal-tapping Richie Havens' sermon "Freedom".
Dark Star is good, really no better nor worse than they played it at any other time in '69, but the really only keepers from this thing are the surrounding stoned banter tracks as the band tries to avoid blue-fired electrocution while high on acid. You've heard the Dead so much better, and, yeah, this isn't *as bad* as you've heard, but that ridiculous Lovelight nonsense (Babbs?) can be done without, as far as I'm concerned.
Ultimately a curio. Jerry's "marijuana" and "jackstraw" comments during the movie were his best contributions to the festival, as far as recorded archival history is concerned. *edit - yeah I never heard his quote that way - been years and years since that movie premiered*
November 3, 2015 Subject:
jerry in woodstock movie
didnt he say 'marijuana...exhibit a '
???makes you behave???
April 29, 2015 Subject:
Guess there's a first time for everything. Until now I had not seen a review on the GD archive that was hypercritical of the entire Movement that the Dead, and the subsequent scene, arose from.
The previous reviewer is clearly a Rush Limbaugh fan, with his self-righteous denigration of that which he clearly is incapable of understanding.
The essence of "dk squared" (dk^2) is "you don't know what you don't know". It's like being retarded, you don't realize you're retarded because you're retarded...
Incidentally, we could not put a man on the moon if our entire species' future depended on it - but we can still have Peace; provided we can end the ignorant, hateful, and condescending attitudes of extremist, self-appointed arbiters of social correctness who deign to put down what they are incapable of comprehending and are so benighted they don't even smell the odour of their own opinions.
The previous review is the first time I have seen the Nixononian "dirty hippies" sermon in 35 years or more. One wonders aloud how someone with this opinion could enjoy one second of the Grateful Dead, or the scene they represent. I can easily see how the reviewer would be familiar with, and reference, NWA. Breaking the entire world down to a matter of money was a tight fit too.
One must wonder how someone that was 14 in 1969 would not have learned that the blind, blanket criticism of others does not pay, financially or otherwise - unless you are in the hate business.
There are some people who could probably profit from a good, stiff dose of LSD. The preachy reviewer with the big attitude and the tiny outlook may just be one of those people...
August 16, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On LSD" August 16, 1969 at Max Yasgur's Farm, Bethel, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The GRATEFUL DEAD at Woodstock 40 years ago today!
July 69', the "Establishment" put the first men on the moon... August 69' the Hippies put on 3 Days of Music & Peace in upstate New York...well, the rewards from the Moon Landing keep paying dividends even to today, and the Woodstock, Music and Peace thing?
Well, Rap replaced Rock...lmao, and the Peace thing still ain't caught on...I never heard NWA sing about peace. I guess when you can put a profit in peace then we'll have it?
Technology became the new religion, not Tim Leary and his "mind expanding drugs"...amazing how many "hippies" that survived Woodstock have a blackberry, i-Phone, i-Pod, and a laptop and don't take LSD anymore.
We can repeat the Moon landing, can the Hippies repeat Woodstock? They tried a few times, Watkins Glen, Atlanta, ALTAMONT...but they were nothing like Woodstock.
This ain't the worst show the DEAD ever did.
I think the fact that Pigpen did a 45 minute version of "Turn On Your Lovelight" is proof he was the only one on stage NOT on LSD that day....lol.
They were there as part of the scene, they were not interested in the exploitation of the Hippies, or the exploitation of the music...they enjoyed themselves, and didn't care about being "shocked" by the ungrounded mics, and all the other cool "crap" that went on at Woodstock.
My favorite performers from Woodstock are Joe Cocker & the Grease Band, The Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Who, Sly & the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Ten years After, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix.
If you're a fan of the GRATEFUL DEAD you're gonna want this show...too.
I was 14 when Woodstock took place, I was too young to go...but I remember all the freaks, weirdo's and hippies carrying on like they were the center of the universe...yeah, of their own world.
My older brother went, he was 18-19, he came back with Mono...missed the start of college that September, wasn't healthy enough to go to school until January. LMAO...freaks.
Woodstock....no food, no water, no toilets, no phones, roads blocked for tens of miles, and lots of rain....and the hippies will tell you it was the BEST THING that ever happened on planet earth...watch the movie now, 40 years later...see if it still gives you that same feelin...
My first rock concert wasn't Woodstock, it was Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden September 19, 1970, and I am glad.
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Here's one way to stream/dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.